Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai should lead the proposed opposition coalition because he is the “first born” of the opposition movement.
This was said by the MDC-T organising secretary Abednico Bhebhe, according to The Standard.
Zimbabwe’s opposition parties, put at 15 plus, are trying to form a coalition to contest President Robert Mugabe and his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front next year.
They have given themselves up to the end of this month to decide on the leader and to have the coalition fully functional by end of August.
According to The Standard, Bhebhe told a rally in Bulawayo: “I ask that when we come together so that we respect each other, we should know who we are as members of the coalition.
“If a man has five children, there is a first born and there is a last born.
“The last born and the first born will never be equal in responsibility.
“Let me tell you like this, if we have five children, the first born is Morgan, the second born is Joice, the third born is Welshman, fourth born is Mugari and fifth born is Tendai .”
It is not clear why Bhebhe put Joice Mujuru of the National People’s Party as the second born because her party was formed last.
Mugabe has brushed off he proposed coalition one several occasions at one time describing it as a coalition of zeroes.
On Friday he said the proposed coalition would make it easier for his party to deal with the opposition because with just one blow they will all be down.
“Tuparty utwu turikutambudzika kuti tikabatana ndokuti tikurire ZANU-PF, aah, isu tirikutoti tukabatana, vakauya pamwechete zvatonakaka. Chibhakera chimwechete chinobva chavapedza. Hatizotambudzika nekuti kaMai Mujuru tokaita sei? KaBiti tokaita sei? Aaa vabatana, one blow and they will be down,” he told the youth rally at Sakubva in Mutare.